The head coach appears to be pretty happy these days.
It seemed, at times, that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was well on his way in 2016. At others, it seemed the season would never end. Once it did, attention immediately shifted to 2017. The Dallas Cowboys are on the upswing, and that’s not all. All of a sudden, this team is having all kinds of issues with the Washington Redskins. The Eagles must become more competitive in an improving NFC East division.
The focus? It appears we’re talking about the same things we discussed last year: the trenches, the cornerback position, the skill positions.
Getting anything of note from the Eagles brass or the coaching staff now seems like it requires some sort of executive order. Public appearances from Pederson or executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman have been scarce. Eagles insider Dave Spadaro seems to have gotten lucky however. He caught up with the Eagles’ head coach at the NFL Owners Meeting in Arizona.
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There’s been a Doug Pederson sighting.
Pederson seemed excited to discuss his team’s offensive upgrade. Philadelphia got a much-needed boost of adrenaline at the beginning of the free agency period. They landed two of their targets at wide receiver, Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery.
It didn’t stop there. They’d also add Chance Warmack to the offensive line. Then, they followed that up by bringing a capable backup to the quarterback’s film room. Nick Foles, the author of Philadelphia’s best single-game performance by a quarterback, returned to where his career started on March 13th.
Pederson addressed the arrival of the newest Eagles. “I think it’s two great additions to our football team,” Pederson said in reference to his new receivers. He continued “Our philosophy is best available player…It’s a matter of finding it. Last year, we had five guys contribute to our team from the draft and we’re excited about those players going forward. We just have to keep building, keep adding and see where we go.”
For Spadaro’s full story on the Eagles’ head coach click here. We originally thought we’d be hearing from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday. We’ll have to wait one more day. He’ll meet with members of the media on Wednesday.